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Christoffel van Dijck

Dutch type cutter, 1601-1669, who had a type foundry in Amsterdam. DTL Elzevir is based upon his work. Rudi Geeraerts explains a bit about present day types based on Van Dijck's work. I cite him, interspersed with my own comments:

  • Monotype Van Dijck is based on a typeface used in 1671 in Herscheppinge (Joost van den Vondel) printed by Daniel Bakkamude. Jan van Krimpen was consultant to Monotype on that project. Most graphic designers were a bit disappointed because it looks skinny when used in normal text sizes. The digital version is due to Robin Nicholas.
  • DTL Elzevir is based on a study of several cuttings from Christoffel Van Dijck. DTL states that it is mainly based on the Augustijn Romeyn a cut found on a 1682 type specimen issued by Daniel Elseviers widow (hence the name DTL Elzevir) showing some typefaces from Van Dijck and others. So the DTL Elzevir is not a remake of the Monotype Van Dijck.
  • Gerard Unger's Hollander (1983) is based on a study of the typography used in 17th century books using typefaces cut by van Dijck and possible Dirck Voskens. The Hollander is also the base of the well-known Swift. So Unger's Hollander is not a remake of the Monotype Van Dijck.
  • OurType's Custodia, designed by Fred Smeijers, is a single-weight roman, with italic and matching small caps, with a seventeenth-century flavour. It was made in 2002 for use in the publications of the Custodia Foundation. Custodia 17 is the first typeface to join the OurType Classics collection. By seventeenth century flavoured we mean the flavour shared by a range of 17th century punch cutters, like Christoffel van Dijck, Dirck Voskens, Johan Michael Smit and Jean Baptiste van Wolschaten. References to and specimens of their typefaces can be found in several archives. One of them is the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp. The OT Custodia is neither a Van Dijck revival nor a Monotype Van Dijck remake.
  • Dutch Textura (1681), in versions called Augusteyn Duyts and Mediaen Duyts.
Typefaces offered at MyFonts that are rooted in Van Dijck's work include:

FontShop link. Klingspor link. Christoffel Van Dijck's digital legacy.

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file name: Christoffel Van Dijck Dutch Textura 1681

file name: Gerard Unger Hollander 1983

file name: Gerard Unger Hollander Bold 1983

file name: Van Dijck Book B Q Regular 1993

file name: Robin Nicholas Van Dijck

file name: Robin Nicholas Monotype Van Dijck Pro

file name: Robin Nicholas Monotype Van Dijck Pro

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